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Title Life below stairs : true lives of Edwardian servants / Alison Maloney.
Author Maloney, Alison.
BIBLIOG. Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Social background -- Household structure -- Pay and conditions -- A day in the life of a country house -- Toil and technique -- Special occasions -- Code of conduct -- Hiring and firing -- The high life.
Summary "Brimming with family secrets, society scandal, and of course elaborate parties, dresses, and social customs, the world of an aristocratic Edwardian household as depicted on the hit show Downton Abbey has captivated millions. But what was life really like for the people who kept such a household running: the servants? In Life Below Stairs, international bestselling author Alison Maloney takes readers behind the scenes to reveal a lively and colorful picture of what went on "downstairs," describing servants daily life in this now-vanished world. Detailing everything from household structure, pay and conditions, special duties, and rules and regulations, to perks, entertainment, and even romance, Maloney examines the drudgery and hardships below stairs, as well as the rewards and pleasures. Thoroughly researched and reliably informed, this charmingly illustrated volume also contains first-hand stories from the staff of the time, making it a must-read for anyone interested in the lifestyle and conduct of a bygone era." --

Publisher New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2012, c2011.
Edition 1st U.S. ed.
Description 192 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Subject Household employees -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century.
Household employees -- Great Britain -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
ISBN 9781250017659